Leader emerges unopposed in polls
By John Eche
A new leader has been elected for Nigerian students in Ghana.
He is Dominic Uchechukwu Mmaduabia, a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration student of GIMPA.
Specifically, Mmaduabia was elected as the new President of the Ghana chapter of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS).
This occurred after he had become the sole candidate in the contest after his only opponent stepped down on the day of the elections.
Commenting on the outcome, the new helmsman thanked all the delegates for what he described as “extraordinary confidence reposed in me”.
“I am indeed delighted and humbled to be elected as your President, and promise to provide forward-thinking and all-inclusive leadership, together with my Executive, towards the attainment of the aims and objectives of NANS”, said Mmaduabia.
He also urged all members of the Association to offer their unreserved cooperation, “so that by the time our mandate is over, we will all be proud of our contributions, because then, we will be handing over a better version of NANS to the incoming administration”.
The new Student leader further spelt out what he defined as his “seven-point” vision for the Association during his one-year tenure, namely, to:
Provide efficient representation and protection, as well as champion the welfare of all members of the Association in the country.
Effectively resource and empower all arms and offices of the Association to be able to competently discharge their duties within their powers and mandate, as enshrined in the constitution of NANS.
Build a strong and vibrant coalition with NANS’s Ghanaian compatriots in providing robust alternatives to the rebuilding and reshaping of the continent’s leadership and governance.
Institutionalize an annual flagship programme that will gradually build a brand for NANS Ghana to play a pivotal role in the international students’ frontier.
To promote peaceful co-existence, shared sense of purpose, and strong bond of brotherliness through the projection of the Association’s mission and vision as the single most important factors that hold together and drive all members.
To provide a strong and exemplary leadership that will inspire a new breed of capable student leaders who will eventually be entrusted with the mantle of future leadership of Nigeria.
Reposition NANS- Ghana, as the leader of international students’ Unions in Ghana.
Mmaduabia also paid tribute to the past administration for their work over the past academic year and also what he described as a “really high bar set for us”.
Prior to his election, Mmaduabia had served as the Speaker for the General Assembly of the International Students’ Association of GIMPA (ISAG), during the 2016/17 Academic year.